trite

adjective
\ ˈtrīt \
triter; tritest

Definition of trite 

: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original

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Other words from trite

tritely adverb
triteness noun

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trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity. "you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless. all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form. views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted. a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

Examples of trite in a Sentence

The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. —Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000 Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … —Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990 Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … —Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983 That argument has become trite. by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired
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The book is messy as hell: full of insipid platitudes, trite homilies, and self-regarding detours delivered with the assurance of a man who fully expects to see his childhood finger paintings in a museum someday. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Conflating macro and micro is an age-old theme easy to make into a trite hash, but Weingrod pulls it off thanks to his inventive, intensive process. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018 And while trite may be preferable to embarrassing anecdotes from the bride and groom’s childhood, that’s an awfully low bar. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "A Wedding Day Saga Ends With Words From the Heart," 27 June 2018 Perry quickly midwifed—as creator, writer, and director—the soapy The Haves and Have Nots and trite platitudinal working-class comedies like Love Thy Neighbor. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 Straightforward bleakness in television is increasingly trite, which makes Reverie’s apparent optimism fresh and timely. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "NBC’s new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia," 30 May 2018 Her latest post finds the artist taking on what should, by now, be a trite format: the selfie. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Solange Reinvents the Selfie From Sunny Lake Como," 15 May 2018 Aristide’s struggle with his erotic side is trite and undeveloped. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Can-Can' at Broadway Pitman: Energetic, with great song and dance, but dated," 30 Apr. 2018 To say the Temptations are the soundtrack to a generation is both trite and also not totally accurate — try multiple generations. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Last Temptation of Motown: A Conversation with Soul Survivor Otis Williams," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of trite

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trite

Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw entry 1

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trite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trite

: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original

trite

adjective
\ ˈtrīt \
triter; tritest

Kids Definition of trite

: so common that the newness and cleverness have worn off : stale trite remarks

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